National Eczema Society is seeing an increased demand for our services during these difficult times. More people with eczema, and their families, than ever are calling our Eczema Helpline to get advice as they struggle to get appointments to see their GP or other healthcare professionals. Guidelines on frequent handwashing and the use of hand sanitizers as well as social isolation and stress are having a strong impact on people’s ability to manage the condition. Those who are taking strong immunosuppressant medication are also concerned that this makes them more vulnerable to the virus.
By donating and fundraising you can help make sure that we keep our Eczema Helpline and other services open and continue to support people across the UK during these difficult times. There are various ways you can help.
Make a donation
You can donate on our website – it’s secure, easy and quick. We value and appreciate ALL your donations, large and small and everything in between.Donate
Join the exciting new 2.6 Challenge!
Sunday 26 April was the scheduled date for the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon. Because of coronavirus, there will be no runners tackling the 26 mile course to raise money for charities like ours. In response, Save the UK’s Charities have created this new challenge. All you need to do is think of an activity based around the numbers 26 or 2.6 and complete it on or from Sunday 26 April. This could be a pledge to run or walk 2.6 miles as your daily exercise, do 26 minutes of Tai Chi or yoga, hold a handstand or use a skipping rope for 2.6 minutes.
You can find more ideas on challenges and set up your page at https://www.twopointsixchallenge.co.uk/. You can then ask your family and friends to sponsor you and donate to the NES. Don’t forget to share pictures of your challenge on social media using #TwoPointSixChallenge and don’t forget to tag us too!
Donate when you shop online
As more of us are shopping online you can also donate to us if you regularly shop with Amazon by using smile.amazon.co.uk. This Amazon-operated website offers the same products, prices and shopping features but Amazon donates 0.5% of the net purchase price to National Eczema Society from eligible purchases, at no cost to you. Simply log in to smile.amazon.co.uk, go to ‘charities’ and select ‘National Eczema Society’. Don’t forget to log into the Smile account each time you shop.
You can also donate through other shopping websites, like The Giving Machine.
Fundraise at home!
Become a virtual fundraiser and challenge yourself and your family at home! As fundraising events are being cancelled, you might instead want to set up your own fundraising activity at home. This might be a cooking session with your kids, a treasure hunt in your garden, a mini-fashion show or an educational project to keep them active and occupied. Or you might want to take on an art or craft project and share what you create on social media. Whatever you do remember to ask you friends and family to sponsor you and share images or video of what you do with us through social media.
We greatly appreciate your support and we welcome all donations, no matter how small, that can help us continue to support people with eczema and their families across the country.